Don’t Give Up Your Day Job #2

A Quiz …..

From the very beginning playing bluegrass music has been a particularly precarious job, even for the very, very talented.

Bill Monroe worked at Sinclair Oil in the 1930s; Kenny Baker often went back to the coal mines even though he was a mainstay in Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys; George Shuffler was more often otherwise employed than he was the bass player for the Stanley Brothers during the 1950s; and the Stanley brothers themselves worked at a Ford Motor Company factory for several months in 1953.

So, what is/was the day job for the following bluegrass musicians?

1. George Shuffler
2. Doyle Lawson
3. Jimmy Martin/Eddie Stubbs (same job for both)
4. Ezra Cline
5. John ‘Curly’ Seckler

The first person to provide the correct answer in all five cases will win a hearty handshake and a pat on the back!

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About the Author

Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.